First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
I’m Vlad the Guru I’m 23 and I’m from the east side of Pittsburgh PA.
What does Vlad the Guru mean to you in 2018? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?
I’m assuming you mean my mixtape INTRO, it honestly was exactly what it’s named. An introduction to Vlad the Guru, it was a mix of many different styles showing you my capabilities as an artist and what I have to offer. Looking back at it now compared to when first creating it, I honestly don’t even like it nearly as much as I used to and I think I’ve progressed tremendously.
What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
In the near, i have my first full length album dropping closer towards the end of the year. As for the the distant future, Im gonna be a superstar, no doubts about it.
Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What are your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?
Personally, no, I don’t think I’m in any specific scene, I think I sound like Vlad, and no one else has that and I refuse to put myself into a box, I’m not a rapper, I’m an artist. I listen to damn near everything, from your Lil Pump and XXXTENTACION to Asking Alexandria and Bring me The Horizon, all the way to doowop classics and Frank Sinatra.
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes? Do you see a spiritual or magickal connection to your art, or is it purely an emotional expression? Would you consider yourself to be an overall political or spiritual individual? If so, if how what would you say are your strongest/most important views and/or causes?
I’ve never necessarily chosen a theme for any song, it’s all mostly based off of the emotions I’m feeling at that moment and the beat I’m listening to. I definitely see a spiritual connection in my music, this shit gets deep. With that being said, I’m a very spiritual person, my strongest viewpoint on anything is just stop the fucking hating.
So much has been said, and it sometimes feels that every word combination has been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?
I rarely ever think about who is going to be listening to my music, I make music that I like to hear, I’m just lucky enough that everyone else likes to hear it too. And my inspiration for it all is myself, my friends, yourself, my fans, relationships just all of life in general and everything that comes with this lifestyle.
What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?
Biggest influences are definitely gonna be Tupac, XXXTENTACION, Trippie Redd, and I won’t even act like Drake ain’t push me to go way harder. Only reason I started rapping was because when I was in high school I was in a band, doing screams and cleans, and niggas just were not dedicated to it like I was, I saw my mans rapping and everyone was on his tip. I was like I can do that, I bet I can do that better. So that’s what I did, and here I am haha.